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Rants about the Family's Sugar obsession...

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

So I just got back from my Dad's 75th birthday party (flew up to Toronto to celebrate). Lots of food, buffet style, and dinner etc for the party. Sisters and I planned the food, and I made several requests for a meat/deli and cheese platter. Of course, no. My family doesn't do protien. It was a BUFFET of carbs I tell ya! Yes, there was one veggie platter with dip, and one cheese and cracker platter, but absolutely everything else, I could not or would not eat. Just to give you a picture of this buffet: Bowl of mixed fruit, platter of grapes and strawberries, more platters of more fruit (cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew), tiny bowl of nuts (actually trail mix), 1 platter of veggies, 1 platter of cheese, and an ENTIRE TABLE of platters of cookies, brownies, bars, and other sugary sh*t. Did I mention a huge birthday cake too? I ended up not eating anything. It was just too dangerous to go over to the table. I was literally afraid to go get a celery stick with dip or a slice of cheese, because I'd have to fight my way through a mountain of temptations.

It was so apparent from the buffet - that is exactly how my family eats. They couldn't understand why anyone wouldn't eat that. It was just so.... enlightening I guess. They truly couldn't imagine eating any other way, and I couldn't imagine returning to those levels of sugar.

After dinner, hubby and I went to go get KFC (and I promptly pulled off all of the skin and breading). LOL.

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VHASKEW36 5/8/2009 9:32AM

    Skounds like my mil when we go down. Lots of good country cooking but mostly starches. God bless, Ginny

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SPARKNMOM 5/5/2009 9:33PM

    My family does the same, however, my mom always makes sure there's salad and meat available for me...so I guess I'm lucky. I think you did awesome and YAY for hubby for joining you in healthier food afterward!

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    Yah, that's pretty much par for the course with my family, too. I have to say, though, that when I am the one entertaining I cook for my preferences and everyone compliments me on the food. I think we get stuck in the rut of tradition or uncreativity or laziness and just do what we always do instead of what is adventurous and healthier.


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TESSA_NJ 5/5/2009 8:43AM

    Thanks Maria. I was beginning to feel like my family had some strange obsession! lol- Its nice to know I'm not alone!

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MARIADALE 5/5/2009 8:31AM

    It is not just your family! We have a pot luck the first sunday of every month and it is much the same...platters of sandwiches and sweets... a scarcity of veggies and protein. No wonder as a culture we are seeing more obesity!

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I've been slipping, and I'm declaring war on it!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Ok, so things have been a bit crazy and I've not been as focussed on the diet and exercise as I once was. I've just been doing induction for the past week, and I'm already down 1.4 pounds. WooHOO! This is a good start :-) I wanna be in the 160s for summer!

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MARIADALE 4/25/2009 4:46PM

    Go girl!

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SPARKNMOM 4/25/2009 11:29AM

    Yup....summer's coming (FINALLY)!! You can do it, Tessa. You're induction loss so far is great! Keep us updated : )

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2 more days of travel... and then...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

I've been travelling pretty consistently since November 13th. I have 2 more nights to go, and then I will FINALLY be home for several months. The damage so far has been a few pounds ( I'm at 176 right now). Although I can't say I've been bad per se (except for a few days at Christmas when I did have some carbs I shouldn't have), its just that I haven't been GOOD ENOUGH to keep from gaining. I made it to the gym today and two time last week. I'm just soooo looking forward to getting back into a routine.


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OHANAMAMA 1/30/2009 11:31PM

    I agree with Maria, you really do an amazing job when you travel. I didn't even travel and I gained so much weight since Nov that it's just sad. But back on track, and Iknow you'll be hitting your goal by summer!

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MARIADALE 1/12/2009 10:12AM

    You do amazingly well when you travel. I wish I had your willpower on the road.

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SPARKNMOM 1/11/2009 10:21PM

    It'll be good to have you back : ) I'd say you've done very well with all your traveling.

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I'm on a Spark Streak, and I didn't even know it!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

So I just discovered something and I am WAAYY psyched about it. I've exercised/been active in some way at least once a week for the past 12 weeks. Exercise has become a way of life, and I didn't even realize it! How awesome is that!?!?!?

So, I am declaring an official Spark Streak, and setting a new Spark Streak Goal. I have been active at least once a week for the past 12 weeks. My new Spark Streak Goal is to be active at least twice a week for the NEXT 12 Weeks!

**Exercise logs:**

*Treadmill - 15 min/mile 35 minutes (7/30/2008) Wednesday
*Elliptical Trainer 10 (7/31/2008) Thursday
*Sailing 60 (8/3/2008) Sunday
{{Weekly Sum 105}}

*Aerobics: General: Low Impact 55 (8/4/2008) Monday
*Running: 12 min/mile (jogging) 20 (8/6/2008) Wednesday
*Aerobics: Step: Low Impact 60 (8/8/2008) Friday
*Playing on the Wii Fit plus Aerobics- Step 90 (8/10/2008) Sunday
{{Weekly Sum 225}}

*Aerobics: Step: Low Impact 55 min (8/12/2008) Tuesday
*Elliptical Trainer 45 (8/13/2008) Wednesday
*Treadmill - 15 min/mile 20 (8/14/2008) Thursday
*Playing on the Wii Fit 45 (8/16/2008) Saturday
*Hiking: cross-country 240 (8/17/2008) Sunday
{{Weekly Sum 405}}

*Playing on the Wii Fit 30 (8/19/2008) Tuesday
*Playing on the Wii Fit 30 (8/20/2008) Wednesday
*Aerobics: Step: Low Impact 60 (8/21/2008) Thursday
{{Weekly Sum 120}}

*Walk/Jog 10 min/mile plus Canoeing 65 min (8/26/2008) Tuesday
{{Weekly Sum 65}}

*Treadmill - 15 min/mile 35 (9/4/2008) Thursday
*Walk/Jog 10 min/mile 30 (9/5/2008) Friday
{{Weekly Sum 65}}

*Treadmill - 15 min/mile 35 (9/8/2008) Monday
*Walk/Jog 12 min/mile 30 (9/10/2008) Wednesday
*Walk/Jog 12 min/mile 35 (9/14/2008) Sunday
{{Weekly Sum 100}}

*Walk/Jog 12 min/mile 25 min (9/15/2008) Monday
*Cycling under 10 mph plus Running 12 min/mile 30 (9/19/2008) Friday
{{Weekly Sum 55}}

*Elliptical Trainer 31 (9/25/2008) Thursday
*Running: 12 min/mile (jogging) 30 (9/28/2008) Sunday
{{Weekly Sum 61}}

*Running: 12 min/mile (jogging) 38min (10/1/2008) Wednesday
*Elliptical Trainer plus Treadmill 45 (10/2/2008) Thursday
{{Weekly Sum 83}}

*Treadmill - 12 min/mile plus elliptical 27 min (10/9/2008) Thursday
{{Weekly Sum 27}}

*Stationary Bicycling plus Treadmill 30 (10/14/2008) Tuesday
*Running: 12 min/mile (jogging) 36 (10/18/2008) Saturday
{{Weekly Sum 66}}

*Treadmill - 12 min/ mile 40min (10/20/2008) Monday
*Treadmill - 12 min/ mile 30 (10/23/2008) Thursday
*Treadmill plus Raking 132 (10/26/2008) Sunday
{{Weekly Sum 202}}

START OF THE NEW TWELVE WEEKS IS HERE! Twice a month for the next 12 weeks!
*Treadmill 45 (10/28/2008) Tuesday
*Treadmill 45 (11/2/2008) Sunday
{{Weekly Sum 90}}

*Treadmill plus weights 45 (11/3/2008) Monday
*Treadmill 30 (11/6/2008) Tuesday
{{Weekly Sum 75}}

*Walk/Run outside 135 (11/9/2008) Sunday
*Outside Hiking 60 (11/15/08) Saturday
{{Weekly Sum 195}}

*Treadmill 30 (11/17/2008) Monday
*Treadmill/Elliptical 30 (11/18/2008) Tuesday
*Kayaking 90 (11/19/2008) Wednesday
*Hiking 6 miles 240 (11/20/2008) Thursday
{{Weekly Sum 390}}

*Golf 240 (11/23/2008) Sunday
*Hiking 120 (11/24/08) Monday
{{Weekly Sum 360}}

*Walking 25 (12/1/08) Monday
*Treadmill 30 (12/2/08) Tuesday
*Walking/Treadmill/Elliptical 45 (12/3/08) Wednesday

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COFFEE_KISS 11/1/2008 1:50PM

    ROCK ON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/30/2008 11:20PM

    Wow. Amazing. Inspirational. You ROCK!

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VHASKEW36 10/30/2008 10:12AM

    You're doing GREAT. Keep it up. God bless, Ginny (Children of parents with dementia)

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LAURIE160IN2013 10/29/2008 7:37PM

    Kewl. Congratulations!
Laurie R.

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MARIADALE 10/29/2008 6:50PM

    It is addictive...isn't it?

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First 5K :-) I DID IT!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

My first 5K time: 36:29
Which is actually my best time yet.

So I woke up at 3 am with butterflies and very sore knees. I think I was running in my sleep. Consulted the hubby who assured me that I could take one acetominophen without any harm before a race. Took one and went back to sleep.

Got to the race site and registered. Checked out the competition (everyone looked so DAMN serious). Took a little jog to warm up. My legs felt like lead. I was truly regretting my 6K run on Thursday. I kept thinking "DUH, this is why they tell runners to TAPER their running before a race, but nooooo, not me.... I have to run further right before the race."

Not really feeling nervous, except that the opening stretch is uphill and I always run on a really flat area. The hubby is there to drop me off and take pictures. He makes a funny remark about a little old lady with bright orange shoes, who is shuffling around the parking lot "well... you've got her beat..".

Ok. On your mark, get set, go. Everyone takes off. I'm amazed at how quickly the pack spreads out. The folks up front are really freeking speady. I just keep saying to myself... run your own race, run your own race. I seem toward the back of the running pack, but ahead of all of the walkers. Well thats a relief, I think, at least I won't be last.

I focus on my ipod music, which even though its my usual tunes, nothing seems just right. I keep fast forwarding to the next song and the next song trying to find my groove. My legs start to feel less like lead after the hill and I'm beginning to feel strong and capable. Then the lady in the orange shoes passes me.

I get water everywhere from the first water stop. Note to self... learn to run and drink from a cup.

Then I just start to feel really really tired. So I walk for 10 paces. Run another song. Walk 20 paces. I just don't seem to be able to find my groove. Another water stop. More jogging. Another Grandpa passes me. I start to jog again and pass him. The second I'm beside him he starts to jog beside me. This irritates the crap out of me. I don't want to jog with you!! Leave me alone! I take 20 sprinted paces to get away from him. Jog further. Finally I just can't escape him. I walk for half a song until he's ahead of me and I won't think about him anymore.

I wanna find my groove! Where is it? Why does no song seem to work?

Finally, I hit the 3.5K mark and suddenly feel much better. I'm jogging much better, I'm not tired anymore and everything just clicks. I'm on my way home. I hit the info button on my ipod and my pace isn't as bad as I thought it was. I guess I was running too fast on the jogs and thats why the music just wasn't working for me.

I run the last 1.5 K, feeling great and wanting to make good time. With a half K to go, my ipod tells me that I'm at 34 minutes. Wow! I think. If I speed up, I can still beat my best time, even with all that walking....

So I speed up. :-) and I come in at 36:29 which is just unbeleiveable considering how much walking I did.

My lesson learned: go slllloooowww at first, and you really have to focus on pacing yourself. If you run too fast, you end up walking too much.

Overall- happy! a beautiful cool fall day, with the leaves falling all around me as I ran. Glad I did it. Glad I can say that I did it. And I can honestly say that this is something that I couldn't have ever done in my life before this point. Ever. Not even when I was a kid....


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LUKESMOM1220 10/26/2008 8:52PM

    LOL I just read this and it was just like re-reading my own! I remember one thing I read about starting a race too fast...it said don't worry about the fat guy in bare feet or the 75 year old grandmother who just passed you...you will catch up!

Oh my last blog didn't post the whole thing. The full recap can be found here, if you want to compare notes!!
http://blckprl.blogspot.com/>Best of luck in future races!

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LAB-LOVER 10/24/2008 10:24PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! You're doing great -- I had a similar experience in my first 5k, just couldn't settle in. I'm SOO used to running alone and I think being surrounded by people really distracted me.
But you did it! When's the next race?

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WILSOCA 10/21/2008 9:11PM

    WAY TO GO !!!!
Great accomplishment ... you should be so proud !!!
Did you beat the little old lady with the bright orange shoes hee hee hee hee

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SD_CASS 10/20/2008 2:44PM

    Congrats on you great accomplishment! emoticon

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OHANAMAMA 10/20/2008 1:52PM

    Great job and great blog about it!

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MMMONTAGUE2001 10/19/2008 5:07PM

    Great Job! Congratulations!!! emoticon emoticon

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TESSA_NJ 10/19/2008 11:27AM

    I hope that there are many more in my future!

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    Congratulations on your 1st 5k. Many more to come?

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LISA32989 10/18/2008 5:18PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARIADALE 10/18/2008 4:58PM

    great first race! Pacing is everything... but hard to do when your in the moment!

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SHELLSLYN 10/18/2008 4:13PM

    WTG Tess!!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/18/2008 3:36PM

    Great job! It sounds like you had lots of fun and that's what it's all about!!

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SP_COACH_NANCY 10/18/2008 1:46PM

  CONGRATULATIONS on a race well done! Savor your victory and enjoy the rest...


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ONACIMA 10/18/2008 12:47PM

    Wow! I just finished my first week and you did a 5K...that is amazing! Awesome job... emoticon

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